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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Bard College at Simon's Rock signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement. The College intends to use no less than fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total amount that the College received under the student aid allocation was $156,169.

As of 5/22/20, the College has distributed approximately $145,775 to 255 eligible students.

As of 7/2/20, the College has distributed approximately $145,775 to 255 eligible students.

It is estimated that Bard College at Simon's Rock has 255 students that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 


7/2/2020 – We are still accepting requests for HEERF grants for eligible students. You can apply for relief through the Bard College at Simon's Rock Emergency Fund. 

6/23/20 – The Department of Education has issued an interim final rule, published 6/17/20, to define eligibility of students to receive emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act. The interim final rule is under a comment period lasting one month, ending 7/17/20. 

5/22/20 – The Department of Education, in an update on 5/21/20, has announced it will not enforce Title IV eligibility as an eligibility factor for HEERF grants. International students, undocumented students, and DACA students remain ineligible according to current guidelines.

5/22/20 – If you have eligible expenses in excess of the funds you were already awarded, you can apply for further funding up to $500 through the Bard College at Simon's Rock Student Emergency Fund.


Eligibility for HEERF grants is limited to Title IV students. For those without Pell grants, Title IV recipients will receive $425 for eligible expenses incurred as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For Pell-eligible students, include an additional $425 for a total of $850.

By accepting these funds, students certify that they will use the funds for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. Funds received in excess of such eligible expenses should be returned to the College.

Returning Excess Funds

If you received funds in excess of your eligible expenses or wish to decline aid, you can return the funds to the College by doing the following:

  1. Email notifying us of the return.
  2. Send a check payable to Bard College at Simon's Rock, noting "HEERF" and the Simon's Rock Student ID in the memo OR send the uncashed, original check from Bard College at Simon's Rock to:

    Attn: Director of Finance and Administration
    Bard College at Simon's Rock
    84 Alford Road
    Great Barrington, MA 01230

All returned funds will be redistributed to eligible students who apply for Coronavirus-related expense relief through the Bard College at Simon's Rock Student Emergency Fund.